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The massacred children are 'Ours'

Commentary by Mahfuz Anam

Published Date: December 19, 2014
The massacred children are 'Ours'

Ever since the massacre of children in Pakistan I have been thinking about the mindset of the people who carried it out. I was trying to understand what sort of a narrative could have made the assailants so barbaric and how could events have been so perversely interpreted for them as to make...

Commentary by Mahfuz Anam

Published Date: December 12, 2014
Human Rights or Human 'Farce' Day

Human Rights or Human 'Farce' Day

That is what our Human Rights Day is -- a farce. A country that has shameful number of extrajudicial killings, extremely high number of disappearances and, most disturbingly, a government which is at best nonchalant or at worst tacitly acquiescing  of it can only observe the International Humans Rights day as a human...

Commentary by Mahfuz Anam

Published Date: December 5, 2014
Whatever happened to our sense of decency?

Whatever happened to our sense of decency?

When politics and politicians become abusive, it is a clear sign that democracy is not working, for one of the preconditions of democracy is a minimum sense of decency in how we conduct ourselves. Alas, we have lost that “sense of decency” in the AL-BNP confrontational politics of the last two decades whose most...

CORRUPTION PERCEPTIONS INDEX 2014

Published Date: December 4, 2014
Bangladesh slides: Why?

Bangladesh slides: Why?

ACCORDING to the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2014 released by Transparency International (TI) on December 3 Bangladesh's position has worsened in both score and ranking. Bangladesh has scored 25 on a scale of 0-100 this year, two points less than its score in 2013, resulting in a slide of nine steps in global...

Published Date: November 18, 2014
Redesigning economics to redesign the world

Redesigning economics to redesign the world

WILL the present economic system be able to establish appropriate level of moral, social, and material balance in the world?   I don't think it can. The present system is like an impersonal sucking machine which thrives on continuously sucking juice from the bottom to the top. The higher you are in the system, the more juice you are able to suck. It is not because bad people are running the machine; just that the machine is built that way. The system was not designed to have any moral responsibility. At least that is not in practice. Discussion on moral responsibilities is an after-thought. This machine turns people into money-centric robots. The...

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AWAKENING INDIA

Published Date: November 17, 2014
The politics of UN leadership

ELECTION cycles are growing longer worldwide. In the United States, for example, ambitious politicians are already campaigning hard in bellwether states for the 2016 presidential election. Yet some races -- such as that for the next United Nations secretary-general, which will also be held in 2016 -- still occur largely under the radar. This should change. A race for UN secretary-general, which is usually fought so discreetly that it seems almost clandestine, bears little resemblance to the razzmatazz of an...

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Business & Finance

Published Date: November 13, 2014
Ebola and inequality

Ebola and inequality

THE Ebola crisis reminds us, once again, of the downside of globalisation. Not only good things -- like principles of social justice and gender equality -- cross borders more easily than ever before; so do malign influences like environmental problems and disease. The crisis also reminds us of the importance of government and civil...

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CHINA WORLD

Published Date: November 12, 2014
APEC at the apex

APEC at the apex

THE significance of the  Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Beijing consists not so much in what is on APEC's agenda as in what transpires on the sidelines. Meetings between Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Barack Obama; as well as Xi's meetings with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe loom especially large. These...

Commentary by Mahfuz Anam

Published Date: November 7, 2014
Propaganda and the war crimes trial

Propaganda and the war crimes trial

Speaking at what could be their last meeting before facing his ultimate fate, war crimes convict Kamaruzzaman told his wife Tuesday that he was being “killed” because he was trying to establish Islam in the country. According to media reports, he said that he was sacrificing his life for the cause of Islam...

Commentary by Mahfuz Anam

Published Date: October 31, 2014
The meaning of Nizami's verdict

The meaning of Nizami's verdict

It is not revenge. It is not retribution. It is not settling of accounts. And politics, it is definitely not.  It is meting out justice. It is holding political leaders accountable for their action especially if they commit crimes against humanity. It is fulfilling an inner urge for justice and fair play. In...

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